a pair of jeans
rubber bands
cleaning gloves
a bucket

1. Fill your bucket with water and make sure the jeans are wet before you tie them with the rubber bands.
2. Wrench, so the jeans are not soaking wet.
3. Tie as many and as much rubber bands as you like until the jeans are all bundled up. There is no right or wrong in this case (less rubber means the more your jeans gets bleached). It is the easiest to start with the legs.
4. Put bleach in the bucket. They say it is 2 cups of bleach with 1,5l of water, but filled up the bucket with water and put in half of the bottle of bleach. It felt like the right thing to do and the bleaching took too long with just 2 cups.
5. Use your gloves to put the jeans in the bucket. An extra tip is to put something heavy on the jeans – for example an empty bottle of wine, like I did -, so your project stays completely under water (otherwise you have to flip the jeans every hour or so).
6.  Check on your jeans every now and then.
7. When the jeans look white enough, take them out and put them in the washing machine.
8. Lay flat to dry.

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    • @Clochet: Haha, why does that hurt? I have too many jeans and I’m sure I’m going to wear them way more often now ;) X

  1. WOW die is echt goed gelukt zeg!!!! Heel gaaf.
    Heb het zelf al gedaan op een spijkerrokje ook erg leuk, nu een broek uitproberen.

  2. I ones did it myself, never wore the jeans though, because it felt weird on my skin. I think the washing machine didn’t get out all of the bleach and the smell, too bad. I washed it everal times, but that didn’t make a difference. It looks nice!

  3. geweldig gaaf :D wil dit zelf ook doen maar echt iedereen raad mij het af met gewoon bleek te doen omdat die de stof teveel aantast.., Nu weet ik niet meer wat ik moet gebruiken, bleek of ontkleuring.

  4. Oh ziet er tof uit! Hoelang zat je broek ongeveer in het bleek/water uiteindelijk? (Ik snap dat je het zelf moet uitproberen/het aan de broek ligt)

  5. Ziet er echt goed uit! Heb het vandaag zelf geprobeerd, helaas niet gelukt. Denk dat de jeans er te licht voor was.. Dus even op zoek naar een donkere en dan ga k t zeker weer proberen! X

  6. Hello love! I love how it turned out, trully amazing.
    I was wondering though, where do you put the empty bottle of wine? It’s not visible in the pictures…

  7. I am SO gonna do this during my easter vacations! Great idea :) (and I’m in love with the new outfit featuring those)

  8. sabrina, thank you so much for this article! It is so much creative and it is very very very well explain. I love when it is very well explain above all with the pictures. So thank you again, you’re the best. Xxxxx <3

  9. OMG! The result looks so cool. I have to try this. It seems very easy to do, is it really? And does it matter what kind of jeans you use?

  10. i’m doing this as we speak with a mint pair of denim pants as a trial then i’m going to do dark denim like yours… how long did it take for your jeans to bleach? mine have been in the bucket for about 1hr and not much has changed yet!

    ps every morning i wake up to your blog as my homepage and it makes me smile every single time… so thank you xo

    • @Natalie: Cool, it’s good to try first! I left them in half a day, seriously it takes so long. Don’t take ‘em out before they’re as white as you want them to be. It’s sooo cool to hear that I’m actually someones homepage, thank you! Xx

  11. Misschien best wel een domme vraag maar moet je de jeans gewoon met water wassen in de wasmachine of ook met waspoeder erbij? :D

  12. hallo, i have a question, did you wash the jeans with the rubbers on in the washing machine?
    i dye my jeans at the moment.
    you have a great blog. thanks.
    greetings from germany inge

    • @inge peter: No, you take off the rubber bands, then rinse the jeans with water, then wash in the washing machine. x

  13. Superleuk! Ik heb het ook geprobeerd met een goedkope spijkerbroek van de H&M. Ik liep als een tijd met het idee rond, maar kon geen goede uitleg vinden. Het is redelijk-goed gelukt. Het patroon op de broek is heel mooi geworden, maar de kleur is een beetje vreemd… De broek heeft van 11 uur ‘s ochtends tot 6 uur ‘s ochtends de volgende dag in de bleek gelegen, tot hij echt niet meer bleker werd. De gebleekte stof is nu roze/geel met allemaal obscure vlekken, heel vreemd, maar opzich ook wel cool. Je uitleg was echt superhandig, thanks!